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C&G’s Guide to Household Mould
If you discover mould in your house it’s not the end of the world - however it should be attended to immediately. While mould can have a serious impact on a person’s health, if found in your investment property, it can lead to legal repercussions if left unattended. In the latest C&G blog, we unpack the must-know guide on how to detect and exterminate household mould.
What is mould?
Moulds are microscopic organisms that occur in nature to break down organic matter and recycle nutrients in the environment. To grow mould requires food sources such as leaves, wood, paper, warmth, moisture or oxygen. Releasing tiny spores into the air which are then inhaled by humans and pets, mould can cause a variety of health problems from skin rashes, chest and sinus infections, headaches, fatigue and irritated eyes.
What causes mould?
Moisture and warmth are the main causes of mould. Other environmental elements which can lead to mould include drippy pipes, leaky roofs and condensation. Poor ventilation is also a factor since steam and water evaporates into air causing humidity.
How to detect mould?
Using our senses is the best way to detect mould. If you have strong allergies like sneezing, sore eyes or nasal congestion there’s a good chance mould is growing in your home. Pay close attention to where your allergies worsen whether its at home, work or outside. Damp mould can produce an icky smell – since mould can be hidden, smell is a great clue to detect mould growth. Finally, most mould is visible with small mould forming in clusters of small, white, black, brown, grey or green spots. If there’s any sign of unusual patterns or markings on walls, tiles or near ventilation ducts, it could be mould. Unlike dirt or soot, mould cannot be removed from cleaning products which is usually a key indicator.
Where is mould most often found?
Make sure you check roofs, gutters, basements, handyman sheds and your bathroom for mould as these areas are exposed to the largest amount of moisture and condensation. If you have a weatherboard home, be sure to inspect woods - particularly after long periods of rain.
What can be done to remove mould?
Prevention is the key when it comes to mould. Make sure your home has good ventilation, especially in the bathroom. Ensure vents and air ducts are not clogged, wipe away excess moisture from walls and windows, air carpets and rugs regularly and fix any leaks as soon as they occur. The best way to remove mould is to contact the experts. Mould extermination specialists will check your home for mould and suggest ways to reduce or eliminate future growth.
If you have already noticed mould in your property, contact a qualified mould removal specialist in the Bayside area to take care of it for you (if you require a referral, please contact Chisholm & Gamon for a list of preferred professionals). Similarly, if you’re a tenant in a rental property, make sure you inform your property manager immediately.